Shelby Williams received her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy. Shelby previously danced with Houston Ballet 2, Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Ballet d’Europe, and Barcelona Ballet, and as a soloist with BallettMainz and the Hessisches Staatsballett.
In 2016, she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders where she is currently a soloist. Since joining, she has danced featured roles in works by director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, William Forsythe, Pina Bausch, Hofesh Schechter, Akram Khan, Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham amongst others.
In Dance Europe Magazine (October 2017), she was nominated in the category "Outstanding Perfomance of a Female Dancer" for her performances in "Approximate Sonata 2016" by William Forsythe and "Café Müller" by Pina Bausch, portraying "Steely strength in the Forsythe, and all vulnerability in the Bausch".
In 2017 she created Biscuit Ballerina as a way to bring humour to the seriousness of ballet and address mental health in the dance world. Biscuit Ballerina was nominated in the category "Best News" in Dance Europe Magazine (October 2018) for "offering amusing and inspiring perspective for dancers on the pursuit for perfection," and has also been featured in the New York Times (September 2019)
See the full Healthier Dancer Days programme, taking place 4-6 November 2019 here
Photos: Nicha Rodboon and Shed Mojahid